June 2-5, 2022: Silver Lake Jeep Invasion – Golden Township Park, MI
Cary Exline & Adam Brown – Michigan Area
Cary and Adam spent the weekend at the Silver Lake Jeep Invasion. The weather was perfect, and attendance was wonderful – over 1,000 registered Jeeps! They participated in the Lane Automotive Breakfast and cruise to the dunes. The concern over gas prices seemed to keep some away from the cruise, but overall, it was a great weekend and well-attended. Cary and Adam set up in the vendor tent where they were able to show off parts and play in the dunes a bit with Cary’s Jeep!
June 3-5, 2022: Carlisle Ford Nationals – Carlisle, PA
Jay Lambert – NE Area
Jay attended the Carlisle Ford Nationals in support of A&A Auto Stores and set up shop in their tent. Far and away the most popular car at the event was the S550 Mustang. We also saw a lot of the 11-14 cars, but the S550 probably outnumbered everything else 2:1. There weren’t a lot of classics, and nearly every car they saw was Fox body or newer. This was probably the best-attended Carlisle show in terms of car count and the vendor midway. Ford had a huge presence, and the midway being so packed was a big draw for consumers.
June 4, 2022: CARS, Inc., – Rochester, MI
Bob Harrell, Tim Carnacchi & Jason Sugden – Michigan Area
Tim, Jason and Bob attended the CARS, Inc. Open House event, where over 300 vehicles showed up, leaving the large trailer steady all day. Customers had no concerns about rising gas prices or inflation. Many customers were involved in full rebuilds and were eager to get the parts they needed to finish the job. C-10 was by far the most popular vehicle present. We were able to send many customers inside with part numbers to place an order with CARS.
June 16-17, 2022: Meyer Customer Appreciation Event – Jasper, IN
Tom VanBuren & Ron Piasecki – Midwest Area
Ron and Tom attended the Meyer Customer Appreciation Event, which was primarily for truck and Jeep accessory customers. The show was well attended and as usual, Meyer put on a great event for its customers. They make the event so that it is not only a selling show, but also time spent with the customer to build the relationships. Meyer felt the show was very successful, and it gave us the opportunity to get to talk with the jobbers in attendance.
June 17-19, 2022: Back to the 50’s – St. Paul, MN
Matt Ross & Mike Maul – Midwest Area
As usual, the Back to the 50’s event was largely attended! From what we saw Friday and Saturday, it was likely the largest event we have ever worked from an attendance standpoint. Sunday was lighter and there were near-record temperatures that likely kept people closer to an air conditioner.
About 50% of the conversations we had were Mustang II ,which is expected at this event, followed by Chevelle, then C-10 and F-100. Dealers like Danny’s Rod Shop, Yogi’s, Speedway and Summit were doing great with customers!
June 18, 2022: Car Parts Parts Machine Father’s Day Cruise-In – El Paso, TX
Mike Sharp – West Area
Car Parts Machine & Engine was started in 1920 and has been El Paso’s go-to machine shop for nitty-gritty engine rebuilds. Now with a modern emphasis on performance and speed parts (and a bar behind the counter!) they’re striving to keep the El Paso community engaged with the latest in tech for today’s enthusiasts!